Giants vs. Royals: Game 1 Score and Twitter Reaction from 2014 World Series

The Kansas City Royals entered Game 1 of the World Series with eight consecutive 2014 postseason wins, scoring more than five runs per ballgame during that stretch. It had been one of the most memorable postseason runs in recent memory. But Madison Bumgarner had plans of extending his own streak. The San Francisco Giants ace allowed one run, three hits and one walk in seven innings, powering Bruce Bochy's squad to a 7-1 series-opening win. It marks his third win in as many World Series starts. Before allowing a home run to Salvador Perez in the seventh inning, Bumgarner ran a pair of astounding scoreless innings streaks a bit further, as noted by ESPN Stats & Info and ESPN's Buster Olney: The Mercury News' Alex Pavlovic provided an updated look at the 25-year-old's unbelievable career numbers in the Fall Classic: It took San Francisco just one inning to give Bumgarner the insurance he needed. The ...


Kansas City Fan Couple Will Have a Baby If the Royals Win the World Series

The Kansas City Royals' appearance in the 2014 World Series has fans who aren't used to this kind of success in the postseason ecstatic. One fan got an adorable Corgi dog after the team's wild-card win. Now, since Kansas City is in the World Series, the stakes have been raised by this couple, which claims it'll have a baby if the Royals take it. We have a feeling that this lady is going to have a child regardless, but this is definitely a way to add some fun to the Fall Classic.[h/t SB Nation]Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com


World Series 2014: Bold Predictions for Giants vs. Royals Showdown

If there is one thing the 2014 MLB playoffs have accomplished, it is reinforcing the idea that anything can happen. The fact that the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals are meeting in the World Series is proof of that. The Giants' run to this point isn't necessarily shocking, since this marks their third World Series appearance in five years, but few expected an underdog squad like the Royals to make it this far, especially after nearly getting eliminated in the AL Wild Card Game. Both teams have gotten to this point through different means, but they have certainly earned it. Based on the manner in which this postseason has played out, there isn't too much that would shock baseball fans at this point. With that said, here is a look at some bold predictions for the World Series that are likely to at least raise some eyebrows if they come to ...


MLB Playoff Schedule 2014: Complete World Series Slate and Predictions

The Kansas City Royals have captured the imagination of every sports fan who's spent years cheering for a team that's often struggled to compete. The San Francisco Giants have a core group of battle-tested playoff veterans looking to win their third title in five years. Those two extremes create an interesting contrast heading into the World Series. Most casual observers will probably side with the upstart Royals, who have gone unbeaten through three rounds. The Giants are highly likely to put up more of a fight, though. The difference between the two squads is minimal on all fronts. That suggests a long series could be on the horizon after a postseason that's moved quickly through the other rounds. Let's check out the complete schedule along with a championship preview and prediction.   2014 World Series Schedule   Series Preview Neither team reached the 90-win plateau during the regular season. The two teams don't feature nearly as much ...


Biggest Takeaways from 2014 ALCS, NLCS Action

With both the American League and National League Championship Series matchups wrapping up quickly, the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants both have some downtime now before the World Series gets underway Tuesday night. The last two teams to sweep their respective LCS were the 2007 Colorado Rockies and 2012 Detroit Tigers, and they were both in turn swept in the World Series, so the Royals will have to find a way to keep momentum on their side and avoid a similar letdown. Meanwhile, the Giants ending their series in five games means they can reset their starting rotation and have the red-hot Madison Bumgarner lined up to pitch Game 1. After playing second and third fiddle to the likes of Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain during the team's last two World Series runs, he will be asked to shoulder the load atop the rotation this time around. So while we have ...


MLB Playoffs 2014: Day 18 Schedule, Updated World Series Predictions

The San Francisco Giants will ride the momentum from a pennant-winning, walk-off home run into the 2014 World Series against the scrappy Kansas City Royals, a matchup of Wild Card teams that few would have predicted at the beginning of this year's MLB playoffs. First baseman/outfielder Travis Ishikawa's ninth-inning, three-run homer in Game 5 of the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals sent the Giants to the final round just a day after the Royals completed a convincing sweep of the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS.  Both teams get a much-needed weekend break to rest up and prepare for what should be a scrappy, hard-fought series. For those who can't afford to miss a minute of the Fall Classic, here is the schedule for Game 1, followed by some predictions on the outcome of the series.   World Series Prediction At first glance, the Royals certainly appear to be the team of destiny here. Kansas ...


Orioles vs. Royals: Game 3 Score and Twitter Reaction from 2014 MLB Playoffs

Exactly two weeks ago, the Kansas City Royals were two outs away from being eliminated from the playoffs. Now, just one game from clinching a spot in the World Series, that number is up to 108. The Royals remained undefeated in the postseason Tuesday night, topping the Baltimore Orioles, 2-1, and capturing a commanding 3-0 lead in the American League Championship Series. While the first two wins of the series were gained with the bats—14 runs, four home runs—the Royals got back to basics in front of a raucous crowd at Kauffman Stadium: pitching, fielding and timely hitting. Jeremy Guthrie, making his postseason debut in his 11th major league season, went five innings and allowed just three hits, two walks and one earned run. While he didn't receive the win, he was far more effective than ace James Shields and fire-baller Yordano Ventura, as The Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough noted: He only ran ...


Mike Matheny’s Questionable Calls Come Home to Roost in Cards’ NLCS Game 3 Loss

The St. Louis Cardinals lost a heartbreaker Tuesday, as Randy Choate’s throwing error in the 10th inning gave the San Francisco Giants a 5-4 win in Game 3 of the NLCS. However, Choate’s rough outing with the game on the line didn't define the Cardinals’ Game 3 loss. Instead, the game came down to manager Mike Matheny’s decision not to use right-handers Carlos Martinez and Trevor Rosenthal, easily the team’s top bullpen weapons in virtually any scenario, or even Michael Wacha in the extra inning of a postseason game in a tied playoff series. After Rosenthal’s blown save in Game 2 of the NLCS, Matheny, who was forced to remove the closer with two outs in the ninth inning, stated the hard-throwing right-hander remains the team’s closer. "I'll start with the back end of that—yes, he's still our closer, and hopefully we have a lead late in the game where we can watch him go again," ...


Giants Outlast Cardinals in Game 3, Now Regain Advantage in NLCS

Of course a playoff game between the San Francisco Giants, those inexplicable #EvenYear magicians, and St. Louis Cardinals, the late-inning comeback club, would end this way. With a walk-off error on a bunt, that is. Oh, and in extra innings to boot. The Giants' postseason fortune in 2014—like that from 2012 and 2010 before it—continued as they won 5-4 in 10 innings to go up two games to one on the Cardinals, who stormed all the way back from a 4-0 first-inning deficit on Tuesday. The deciding run came when Brandon Crawford, a lefty hitter who had been walked by lefty specialist Randy Choate to lead off the 10th, sprinted home from second base when Choate fielded Gregor Blanco's sacrifice bunt attempt only to promptly throw it away down the right field line. It was a so-very-Giants way to win, especially considering San Francisco had managed exactly one hit—by starting pitcher Tim Hudson, ...


Cardinals vs. Giants: Game 3 Score and Twitter Reaction from 2014 MLB Playoffs

Three times, the San Francisco Giants tried to bunt over the game-winning run and failed. The fourth time proved to be the charm.    A wild Randy Choate throw into right field on a Gregor Blanco sacrifice allowed Brandon Crawford to score all the way from second base and gave the Giants a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the 10th inning of Game 3 of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park. Blanco's game-winning bunt gives San Francisco a 2-1 series lead as both teams look to make their third World Series appearance in five years. The Giants hoisted the trophy in 2010 and 2012, thanks mostly to the production of their elite players. If Tuesday was any indication, though, it'll be the unsung heroes who play the biggest factor going forward. Blanco, the Giants' leadoff hitter, is hitting a paltry .111 for the postseason. His bunt came after an ugly failure on ...


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